The Office is getting its own official children's book just in time for the popular comedy series' 15th anniversary, reintroducing the characters to a new generation. Featuring many fan favorites from the hit NBC series as schoolchildren, the book depicts younger versions of Michael, Pam, Jim, Dwight, and the rest of the Dunder Mifflin team, taking them out of the titular workplace and placing them in elementary school. Published by Little, Brown Young Readers, the book is called The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary and it's slated to release in bookstores this fall on Oct. 6.
A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary is written by Robb Pearlman with illustrations by Melanie Demmer. Although the book is appropriate for children, it will be filled with Easter eggs and references to The Office for older fans of the series to appreciate. The story follows a young Michael Scott as the school's Line Leader, who hopes to live up to the moniker of "World's Best Line Leader" by doing the best job that he can. As with the adult Michael on The Office, child Michael will apparently have his hands full with his job until he gets a helping hand, showing young readers that "everyone needs to ask for help sometimes."
Developed by Greg Daniels, The Office premiered on NBC in 2005. A mockumentary series, the series is depicted as a fictional documentary focusing on the employees of the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin paper company. Steve Carell led the ensemble cast as dimwitted boss Michael Scott, with other cast members including Jenna Fischer, John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms, Angela Kinsey, B. J. Novak, Craig Robinson, and Mindy Kaling. A big hit for the network, the series aired more than 200 episodes across nine seasons before coming to an end in 2013.
Fans of The Office have continued to binge-watch the series incessantly in the years after its conclusion, reliving their favorite episodes over and over again. Because of its continued popularity, there's a good chance we might one day see some kind of reboot or reunion special. Last year, Bonnie Hammer of NBCUniversal made it clear she wanted to revisit the series in some way, stating, "It is my hope and goal that we do an Office reboot." Just recently, star John Krasinski also said he'd be open to reprising the role of Jim Halpert if they were to ever do a reunion. Still, nothing is guaranteed, and such a project has yet to go into production, if it ever does.
The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary will be released on Oct. 6, 2020. If you'd rather watch the TV series, you can stream The Office anytime on Netflix from now until 2021 when the show heads to its new home on Peacock. As the series was the most-watched show on Netflix as of last year, and with a children's book adaptation now on the way, it seems pretty clear that The Office remains just as popular as ever. This news comes to us from the official Twitter account for The Office.